Stories categorized “Australia”:

The stolen children

Published March 1996.

When Archie Roach was a small child in the early 1950s, he lived in a place called Framlingham, a short row of tin shacks and little brick houses which stood on a dusty, dry plateau near the edge of a gorge about 300 miles west of Melbourne. Once, his family had lived by a riverbank, where they could hunt and catch fresh fish, but the white people had come and ordered all of them – Archie and his six brothers and sisters and their parents – to move into this bleak place. They said it was for their own good, so they could teach them how to read and write and pray.

The Australian Thatcher

Published March 1996.

Imagine for a moment that a newly-elected right-wing government announced that in order to attract lucrative business to London, they had decided to stage an international Grand Prix motor race in the capital and that without consultation they had chosen as its site the previously peaceful, almost rural surroundings of Hampstead Heath.

Travelling in Victoria, Australia

Published March 1996.

It is early morning on the Murray river up on the northern border of the state of Victoria. Every so often, a gang of bright white cockatoos comes crashing out of the tree tops, screaming abuse at each other on their way across the water, but otherwise the river and the forest are deeply silent as Bill Vickers pushes his boat upstream.

How the monarchy became a bad joke in Australia

Published February 1996.

The Guardian, February 1996
A town like Elizabeth – Australia’s love affair with the British royal family is over. And so is its affinity with Great Britain, the mother country no longer wanted or even respected. On the eve of the election that could herald a republic within five years, Nick Davies visits a community which [...]

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